Thursday, February 20, 2014

The 23 Dollar Electric Bill

We are a three person household living in 1200 square feet. In our four years of marriage our highest electric bill was around 70.00. That was during one record breaking cold winter, when we were running electric heaters. Our average bill is about 35.00

But one summer month we only spent 23.00. 

Yes, you read that right.


Here's how we did it.

  1. Unplug Even if something is turned off, it is using electricity. I don't know how much, but those little things add up. I even unplug my wash machine and dryer.
  2. Only do full loads of laundry It takes the same amount of energy to do a small load as a large one. 
  3. Hang things to dry I really notice the difference in our bill between the cold and warmer months, when I use our clothes line. 
  4. Don't overload the dryer If there is no room for the heat to circulate, the clothes will take longer to dry.
  5. Use natural light Get decent and throw open the curtains. During the day we rarely turn on the lights. I crack the blinds in the bathroom enough to have light but still keep the privacy. Break the habit of turning on lights as soon as you enter a room. 
  6. Energy Saving Bulbs If you are not already using these I'm not sure where you have been.
That's it! Doing these six simple things saves a ton of money. What does your electric bill look like? Is it out of control, or do you have some additional tips to share? Let me know below! 

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  1. Great tips, Sis Beth!!! We are endeavoring to do all of those things, too, and even though or electric bill is higher than the ones you mentioned, compared to others with a house the size of ours, we do have lower bills. There are so many practical ways to conserve and save money. :)

    1. Thank you for the comment! There are so many simple things we can do to save money. I don't think people realize how much the "little things" add up!